Matthew Durkan


Winner of the 2014 Stuart Burrows International Voice Award and a finalist in the 2014 Kathleen Ferrier Competition, Matthew is a recent graduate of the National Opera Studio.

A Harewood Artist at the English National Opera, his role for the company have so far included Fiorello The Barber of Seville and Yamadori Madam Butterfly.  Other recent appearances have included Masetto in a new production of Don Giovanni for the Opéra de Rouen Haute Normandie and in Versailles and Melisso Alcina and Elviro Serse for Longborough Festival Opera.

His 2016/17 season includes the role of Captain in Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus for Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells and Marullo Rigoletto and Ormonte Partenope for the English National Opera.

Matthew previously studied at the Wales International Academy of Voice and at the Birmingham Conservatoire and, in 2013/14, was a member of the English National Opera's Opera Works programme.  He continues his studies with Dennis O’Neill CBE.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream (Demetrius)

L’elisir d’amore (Belcore)

Acis & Galatea (Polyphemus)
Serse (Elviro)

Così fan tutte (Guglielmo)
Don Giovanni (Masetto)
Die Zauberflöte (Papageno)

La bohème (Schaunard)
Gianni Schicchi (title role)
Madama Butterfly (Yamadori)

Il barbiere di Siviglia (Fiorello)

Eugene Onegin (title role)

Street Scene (Frank Maurrant)


Cantata BWV 4: Christ lag in Todesbanden
Mass in G minor


Stabat Mater

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Coronation Mass
Mass in C Minor

Messa di Gloria

Dona Nobis Pacem
Five Mystical Songs

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English National Opera

What gives the evening consistency are the cast’s excellent vocal skills, which enable them to tackle Handel’s virtuosic writing with aplomb ... Matthew Durkan is resolute as Partenope’s loyal supporter, Ormonte. George Hall, The Stage, 16 March 2017
Matthew Durkan showed the best control of the coloratura in the bass role of Ormonte. David Karlin, Bachtrack, 16 March 2017
Matthew Durkan display[s] comic flair as the fall guy Ormonte. Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 16 March 2017
Matthew Durkan fills out the lesser role of Ormonte, Partenope's manservant, with a cavalcade of bearded camp. Mark Valencia, What's on Stage, 16 March 2017



English National Opera

Matthew Durkan’s Marullo added to the unpleasantness of the Duke’s ‘court’. Peter Reed, Classical Source, 02 February 2017



Longborough Festival Opera

Matthew Durkan dressed as a real magician complete with top hat offered good solid support to the more emotionally entangled characters. Roger Jones, Scene and Heard, 01 August 2016
Matthew Durkan (Melisso) held up [his] relatively small role with vigour and assurance. Roger Parker, Opera, October 2016


Madam Butterfly

English National Opera

Matthew Durkan’s dignified Yamadori, achieves [its] proper impact. George Hall, The Stage, 18 May 2016
Matthew Durkan's Yamadori impressed among the minor roles. Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, 17 May 2016
Matthew Durkan executes Prince Yamadori’s scene very well, entering proud and haughty but leaving heart broken. In between, there is a split second in which he stares into Cio-Cio-San’s eyes that makes us feel that this whole affair might turn out very differently, but alas this moment of potential ‘reprieve’ proves to be over just as soon as it has begun. Sam Smith, MusicOHM, 18 May 2016
There is notable work, too, from Matthew Durkan as Prince Yamadori. Mark Vallencia, What's on Stage, 17 May 2016
Matthew Durkan was excellent as Prince Yamadori, a regal presence in red and gold. John Wald, Opera Britannia, 20 May 2016
Matthew Durkan successfully took on Yamadori for the first time. Russ McDonald, Opera, August 2016


Don Giovanni

Opéra de Rouen Haute Normandie

Beau garçon, Matthew Durkan lui donne correctement la réplique en Masetto. Brigitte Cormier, Forumopera, 26 February 2016
Masetto, malgré son apparence d’un jeune viveur, obéit toujours à sa belle. Matthew Durkan, basse britannique, forme un beau couple vocal avec Zerlina par contraste. Victoria Okada, ResMusica, 06 March 2016
Matthew Durkan...campe un Masetto balourd à souhait, mais attachant. Olyrix, 26 February 2016


The Barber of Seville

English National Opera

British baritone Matthew Durkan, making his ENO debut (a former member of ENO Opera Works and, from 2015/16, a member of the ENO Harewood Artists’ Scheme). Durkan is a fine, fresh Fiorello and on present evidence promises much.
Colin Clarke, Seen and Heard International, 30 September 2015
Fiorello, confidently played by baritone Matthew Durkan. Claire Seymour, Opera Today, 05 October 2015



Longborough Festival Opera

Matthew Durkan’s comical servant Elviro serving as a wisecracking janitor. Richard Bratby, Birmingham Post, 29 July 2015
Matthew Durkan played Elviro, one of the few genuinely comic roles which Handel wrote and Durkan clearly has a great gift for comedy. He was able to use his stature to brilliant comic effect [and] made Elviro a charming oaf, and gave us some finely characterful singing along the way, as well as making a hilarious appearance in drag. Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill, 01 August 2015